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Vicious (Villains, 1) por V. E. Schwab
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Vicious (Villains, 1) (edição 2018)

por V. E. Schwab (Autor)

Séries: Villains (1)

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"Victor and Eli started out as college roommates-- brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find-- aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge-- but who will be left alive at the end?" -- from publisher's web site.… (mais)
Membro:angelicistic
Título:Vicious (Villains, 1)
Autores:V. E. Schwab (Autor)
Informação:Tor Books (2018), Edition: 2, 400 pages
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I finally finished this and I liked it! I think a lot of people love this book and I think I just really liked but I still think this is a good book.

My favorite characters in this book were definitely Mitch and Sydney. I enjoyed the more minor characters in this book way more than Victor and Eli in general. I frankly didn't really care too much about their relationship or their background. It made for an interesting story and it was well written and compelling but I personally was way more interested in the relationships between Serena and Sydney, Serena and Eli, and Mitch and Sydney. They seemed a lot more inter-personally interesting and I liked seeing that development.

The plot was also very interesting and not quite what I expected. From what I knew from the grapevine I thought more of this book took place while they at school and I thought this was a revenge story, which is kinda is. I never heard anything about the other characters so I was pleasantly surprised when they got so much page time. I thought the role of Eli's religion into his actions was really interesting and I loved reader about all the EO's feelings about their own powers. I thought it was in these more introspective moments that this book really shined.

I definitely think that I'll read the sequel to this but this doesn't really end on a cliff-hanger so I'm not sure how soon I'll get to it. I'm trying to work my way through my Arcs and library books right now but I definitely want to pick up soonish but at this point, I've realized I'm very bad at finishing series. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
This was such a weird read for me. I can see why people like it but I was soooooo frigging bored... and I don't understand why?!

Maybe murder mystery-ish things aren't for me. ( )
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
It’s actually a 3.5. I’m really missing the half stars now 😒😒

I try and try to keep my expectations reasonable for hyped books, especially non-fantasy, and I fail all the time. This book is another one in the list of those which had a lot of potential, I enjoyed reading it but it somehow still fell short.

Victor and Eli are both brilliant and ambitious college students who use their skills to turn themselves into EOs or ExtraOrdinary humans (X-men type mutants), but their hubris leads to the death of someone and Victor ends up in prison for a decade. He spends all this time plotting his revenge, whereas Eli turns into a self-righteous fanatic who kills EOs because he believes they are unnatural and dangerous. It’s very difficult to connect or sympathize with either of them, because most of their motivations and actions fall between morally gray and downright evil and it’s hard to find any redeemable qualities.

The side characters are also very fascinating with their own backstories and narratives. Mitch, the hacker, is a gentle giant whose circumstances beyond his control, condemned him to the prison system. Sydney is a thirteen year old who has suffered a lot already at such a young age, but still innocent enough to not understand the true implications of her power. It’s only with these two characters that we see Victor show his humanity, and why I probably ended up rooting for him, even though I didn’t like him much. On the other hand, Sydney’s elder sister Serena gets caught up in Eli’s mad crusade. She is not too happy with her powers because she feels she is broken, but that doesn’t stop her from using her abilities for extreme manipulation of other innocent people.

The writing in the book can feel a little confusing initially due to multiple POVs and timelines, but I got the hang of it pretty quick. The author also uses the story as a vehicle to ask us a lot of questions – who decides who is a hero or a villain? where is the line between good and evil? If we ever do get supernatural abilities, how many of us will actually use them for good? And who gets to oversee all the EOs? It’s this philosophical tone of the writing that impressed me despite not liking both the main characters.

If you love your antiheroes and villains, then this book is tailor made for you. The pacing is on the slower side, so be prepared for that. Overall, I found this an enjoyable story which explores the extremes to which people will go to for their own selfish beliefs and where such arrogance leads to. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
This was the first book I've read by this author, so I wasn't quite prepared for the pulpy style. Quick thrillers aren't really my thing since I prefer to read books that are more focused on style than plot twists. To be clear: I don't think this is a bad book and I don't regret reading it, it's just hard for me to rate books on a 5 star scale. My ratings tend to be less of an objective experience since I'm not reading in a vacuum, so they're mostly just for tracking my own enjoyment. I initially rated this one at 3 stars, but then I remembered I had rated 1Q84 at 3 stars also, and that is generally a better book than this one.

In summary, don't take my rating as a warning. Read the book! I'm sure it's great in its category, I just don't have a lot of experience with this genre :) ( )
  rhodehouse | Aug 17, 2021 |
3.5-3.75 ( )
  MagpieBricolage | Jul 17, 2021 |
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"Victor and Eli started out as college roommates-- brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find-- aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge-- but who will be left alive at the end?" -- from publisher's web site.

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